Thursday, November 24, 2005

The database state is one step closer

Courtesy of the EU, and we're now well on the way to bypassing the British parliament just as Blair and co planned (even if they did originally want the data to be stored for three years):

"An European Union parliament committee voted on Thursday to keep details of all EU-wide telephone calls and Internet use for six months to a year to help combat terrorism and serious crime.

"Telecoms firms typically store data for three months for billing customers, but some member states such as Britain want data to be kept for much longer...

"Details on a fixed-line call would include name and address of caller, number dialled, name and address of the receiver, the date and the start and completion times of the call.

"Details of a mobile phone call would include the subscriber's identity number or SIM card and the location at the start of the call."
There have, however, been a number of improvements to the original proposals, which were basically drafted by Britain and brought in via the Commission, notably
"The committee also agreed that only a judge could authorise access to telephone and Internet traffic, a condition absent in the Commission proposal."
Though now semi-approved by the committee, this could all yet be thrown out by the European Parliament. Fingers crossed, eh?

Nonetheless, after yesterday's UK-initiated proposals to allow police and security services across the EU full access to other countries' databases, it would seem that even though they have only got a month to go, Blair's boys in Brussels haven't given up yet. The predictions of an abject failure for the UK EU Presidency may yet have been premature...

Update: An overview of Brussels reactions and, via the comments, a really rather useful run-down of the major issues at stake.

2 Comments:

Anonymous john said...

http://www.euractiv.com/Article?tcmuri=tcm:29-149617-16&type=News

good analysis

11/24/2005 03:52:00 pm  
Blogger The Antagonist said...

"No driving license, no entry." So says driving license scans in bars.

Oyster, Oyster, son!

"Transport for London says it is hoping to extend the Oyster card scheme, and that would allow users to pay for car parking and other items in shops such as a pint of milk and a newspaper."

And we'll see you in court over £1.20 if you dare to presume that you might use that old-fashioned cash stuff.

One great battle, many different levels.

11/24/2005 04:55:00 pm  

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